Funny man Cheech Marin stops by VFTB

About The Perfect Game:

Living amidst the gritty poverty in Monterrey, Mexico, a rag-tag group of boys from the wrong side of the tracks discovers the joy of sandlot baseball under the guidance of Cesar, an aspiring Major League Coach thwarted by discrimination.

Armed with the dream of playing a real Little League game, the young players defy a total lack of resources, disapproving parents, and widespread prejudice to score their first Little League victory and find themselves at the beginning of a once-in-a-lifetime journey all the way to the 1957 Little League World Series where a miracle will cement their place in history and change their lives forever.

The film opens in theaters April 16.

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To win passes to the April 1 private screening of The Perfect Game at the San Francisco AMC Metreon at 6:30 p.m., text 'VFTB' and your zip code to 43549.

At the 4 p.m. hour, 20 winners will be randomly chosen. Show your winning text for reserved seating.

About Cheech Marin:

Primarily known as an actor, director, and performer, Cheech Marin (Padre Esteban) has developed the finest private collection of Chicano art in this country.

Much of it formed the core of his traveling exhibition Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, which broke attendance records during its groundbreaking 15 city tour during 2001-2007 to major art museums across the United States. Marin states, "Chicano art is American art.

My goal is to bring the term 'Chicano' to the forefront of the art world." This focus is what led to his touring exhibitions, The Chicano Collection/La Colección Chicana: Fine Art Prints by Modern Multiples, and Papel Chicano: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin.

Selections from his collection were seen in Los Angelenos/Chicano Painters of L.A., an exhibition on view at LACMA in Los Angeles, from June 15 through November 2, 2008.

A third-generation Mexican American, Marin has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of Latinos, including the 2000 Creative Achievement Award from the Imagen Foundation and the 1999 ALMA Community Service Award from the National Council of La Raza and Kraft Foods.

In 2007, he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts for his contributions to the creative arts from Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, and received the inaugural Legacy Award for Arts Advocacy from the Smithsonian Latino Center and on April 6 2010, Marin will receive the Legacy Award from the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation. He serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

As an actor, Marin is familiar to many as one-half of the hilarious duo Cheech and Chong and together they made eight feature films.

He has since appeared in more than 20 films, including Spy Kids, Tin Cup, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Race to Witch Mountain. He also had an ocurring role on the hit series "Lost," and a guest appearance on "Grey's Anatomy."

You can see Marin in the upcoming animated feature Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil with voice talent Joan Cusak and Glenn Close as well as the Robert Rodriquez directed drama Machete starring Robert de Niro, Danny Trejo and Steven Segal.

In addition, in 2005, Cheech directed the Broadway production of Latinologues, a collection of comedic and poignant monologues revealing the Latino experience in America.

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